Tuesday, June 28, 2016
(Liberty, NY 1:50pm) - Sullivan County Public Health Services is kicking off a community outreach campaign to help reduce the risk of Zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases. Currently, there are no travel related or locally acquired cases of Zika virus in Sullivan County, and the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus have not been identified this far north to date. However, mosquitoes can cause other diseases.
As part of the Zika Community Education Campaign, Sullivan County Public Health Services has started its “ZAP Mosquitoes: Dump-Your-Water-Wednesday” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of mosquitoes in the environment throughout Sullivan County by dumping standing water in objects near homes, businesses, summer camps, and parks.
Standing water can be found in discarded tires, wading pools, buckets, flowerpots, planters, bird baths and trash containers. These are some of the prime areas for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and hatch. Sullivan County residents are encouraged to participate in the “Dump-Your-Water-Wednesday” campaign by dumping, scrubbing, cleaning and/or throwing out any items that hold standing water at least once a week, on Wednesdays.
If you can’t dump the standing water, you should use a mosquito larvicide, or mosquito dunk kit. These kits are available for free from the New York State Department of Health by calling 1-888-364-4723 or Sullivan County Public Health Services by calling 845-292-5910, ext. 0.